BA in Visual Art Degree Show 2009

24th February 2009

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Sheelagh Broderick, John Desmond, Gill Good, Jill Hegarty, Tess Leak, Ciarnad Ryan and Geoff Stephens at West Cork Arts Centre
Opening Sunday 1 March 2009 at 3.30pm
Exhibition continues until 21 March 2009

and the

BA (hons) in Visual Art Graduation 2009
at the Community Hall, Sherkin Island
Monday 2 March 2009 at 12.30pm
Guest of Honour, Minister for Education, Mr Batt O’Keeffe, TD

Sherkin Island Development Society, the Dublin Institute of Technology and the West Cork Arts Centre are delighted and honoured to announce the first conferring of a event takes place on Monday 2nd March in the Sherkin Island Community Centre at 12:30pm.

On that day the final year students from the BA in Visual Art Programme will be conferred with their degrees by Dr. Frank McMahon, Academic Council DIT.  The event will be attended by Minister for Education, Batt O’Keeffe TD as Guest of Honour, along with various local community and government representatives as well as family, friends and members of the wider community.    

To commemorate this occasion the BA in Visual Art Degree Show 2009 will be held at West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen from Sunday March 1 to Saturday March 21.  This will exhibit work from the seven graduates - Sheelagh Broderick, John Desmond, Gill Good, Jill Hegarty, Tess Leak, Ciarnad Ryan and Geoff Stephens showcasing both the individual emerging artists involved and the Degree Programme.

West Cork Arts Centre recognises that the BA in Visual Art Programme is a significant arts and cultural resource for the West Cork region bringing professional artists to the area and creating opportunities for students, other artists, communities and arts organisations alike. 

This is the first time third level education has been offered on an Irish offshore island.  It marks a huge step forward in educational policy for small, isolated communities. Such innovation in third level educational delivery is vital to the future survival and viability of small communities.  This is a proud and exciting event for all concerned - Sherkin Island as a community, SIDS, DIT, WCAC – students and staff of the Programme, directly and indirectly, many people have contributed to bringing this Programme to its present landmark stage in outreach education.  It is a well deserved occasion for a good celebration.

Thanks are extended to the Department of Rural, Gaeltacht and Community Affairs for their continued funding support for this Programme.

Further information on the Graduation available from Dan Reilly on 087 2988 098
Exhibition information available from and 028 - 22090

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